This topic of immigration is like a bomb of feelings on the internet. The emotions are so high and explosive and raw, you start the topic and the rage starts flaring…and logic is tossed out the window.
Trump is seen as an evil man, a Hitler who will put immigrants in concentration camps and kill them off one by one.
To me this topic also hits close to home as when I was eight I immigrated to this country with my parents and my sister…LEGALLY. I have watched conversations on Facebook, both on Fox and CNN on this topic and have seen sentiments differ among those who came here legally and those who came here illegally and they clash…for very good reason. One side followed a painstaking, time consuming, pricey process to come here, sacrificing much, giving up much in order to do that and to follow the law, while others came through and even broke through the back door illegally, skipping each step.
I will address a few points of fear. One fear is that there will be mass deportation of parents that have children that would remain behind and ‘How is that fair?’ they ask. To me that question could also be asked by other people who break the law who get sent to jail and leave behind children. When you break the law, there are excruciating, heartbreaking consequences that you failed to factor in or bother to think about because you were too busy breaking the law and profiting from breaking the law. My father had a saying that I always found to be true: What is hidden will always come to light. Well that is what is happening now.
For years and years there were people who came from other countries who worked under the table for next to nothing and payed no taxes on that money and drove the rest of the market down for the rest of the business owners. Let me just give you a few examples: In my parent’s line of business (commercial and residential cleaning), they often went out to companies (mass companies) and gave bids on how much it would cost to clean their building and TIME AND TIME AGAIN they lost the bid to illegal immigrants who would do it next to nothing (and believe me my parents learned quick to bid as low as possible to still try to make a profit and they WOULD STILL LOOSE). The only way that is possible is when someone doesn’t pay taxes on the bid they offer because they don’t have to factor in those costs. The same goes for cabin cleaning or house cleaning, or farming or any line of business. Immigrants that are here illegally would claim that no one else would do the jobs they do and THEY ARE RIGHT…not for NOTHING because they drove down the market in those fields, they set the standard so low that people are not willing to pay fair market price for labor. This is just ONE of the reasons Trump won, because Americans (immigrated Americans and those born here alike) are TIRED of this manipulation. No one has a problem with people wanting to come to the United States of America…but COME HERE LEGALLY and PAY YOUR TAXES.
Another point that has been cried about is the time it takes to come here legally…and here forgive me for sounding callous but I don’t have much pity. I will tell you my family’s story and I can guarantee you that there are other’s like us that have had a harder story than ours. We lived in Romania during the time of communism. Before my parents were even married my father wanted to come to America and put in for a visa (that was 10 years before I was born). There was one time my father tried to flee the country but I truly believe it was God putting His foot down and saying no when my father actually got caught and he spent nine months in jail in Romania (turned in by his best friend). He was young and he learned the hard way that God will not have him going into any country the back way, he did not try again. Not because he was a coward but because He believed if something was God’s will then GOD will open those doors…and He did…AFTER communism fell..after the danger and lack of food had passed (interesting to me). Even after all this, when the visas were approved for our family we had to pass through Rome and we had to go through a vetting process, we were without much money, we had to stay in Rome for two weeks (now Rome is beautiful if you have money for sight seeing but we did not). Anyway, we were in Rome, we were placed in a hotel, it was not a bad hotel, but it was not fancy. We were not mistreated but we had to wait our turn until we could go to speak to the Ambassador and be vetted. I do not remember much of this as I was only eight, just bits and pieces. I remember spaghetti..it was very good, I remember the hotel room that we stayed in, for me it was impressive. In any case, my point is there was vetting to be done and it was done and we did not make a fuss about it because it was the law and it was what was required to come here legally and it was done. Once we came here after five years we naturalized and my parents took their citizenship test and we are Americans…that my dear people is how the process works. It is long, for some it was longer. For some it was harder. But they did it legally. And for those who did it legally and suffered WORSE to hear those who cry and whine that came here illegally is like a HUGE slap in the face. It is like seeing a drug dealer make a ton of money while the rest of us wallow in debt, it is exactly like that.
So forgive me if I am callous when it comes to the immigration issue. Because for me, I remember the Romanian revolution. I remember both my parents going to join the revolutionaries. I remember worrying about my school teacher who lived near the revolt. I remember seeing a charred body of a communist officer in the street the next day…and that is where I came from…legally. Please don’t tell me that it can’t be done legally. Don’t tell me excuses as to why we should let people in our country un-vetted, because we were vetted (and were treated humanly and it IS possible) if there is a will to do it right.
Also I will say Melania Trump probably knows a thing or two about what I am talking about, so to those immigrants that are worried about their safety…I would say, instead of slut shaming her, appeal to her, because she came from a country like mine, she would understand poverty quite well, she rose from quite a bit to get to where she is (and yes perhaps in questionable ways, but she did). But I’ve said it before, perhaps she can be an advocate…not your enemy, if you are only wise enough to make an ally of her and not just swallow all the junk the media sells you.